"You are the light of the world." Matthew 5:14

 

The Lord Jesus says.

But whom?

Those who have nothing to hide.

Those who brighten others up.

Those who keep away the darkness.

Those who are not afraid to reveal evil.

Those who are true and sincere.

Those who are an open book.

Those who are not afraid to be who they are.

Those who prioritize the truth.

Those who do not stand lies.

Those who do not hide their mistakes.

And it continues…

"A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16 

There is no way you can be the light and blend, like, or desire darkness.

Light does not mix with darkness and when light arrives, darkness falls apart at the moment. 

Now that’s someone who shines.

 

Sometimes you get signals before it happens, and when you discover it it’s almost a relief to know that your suspicions were right. Yet most of the time, betrayal comes as a surprise, when you least expect it and you are knocked off your feet. In that fall, down a pit with no end, you feel a mixture of rage, sadness, disappointment, and questions, endless questions…

And the list goes on… the truth is that none of those questions have an answer.

  • Why did he do that to me? In reality, he never thought of you.
  • Where did I fail as a woman? Nowhere that would justify this.
  • Was I not good enough? You were but even so he cheated on you.
  • What does she have that I don’t? She’s the one that doesn’t have what you have!

My husband never cheated on me but I have been betrayed by others that I love dearly. The first few times that it happened to me, I cried a lot, I felt like a real idiot, thinking that that person considered me the way that I considered her; nothing, everything was a lie.

After the fit of rage ended, the questions remained… why? And the more I questioned myself, the worse I felt, the more terrible I felt, the helpless victim of life. You reach a point where you want to tell everyone how you feel and receive that “support” in form of pity… which only contributes to help you feel bad for yourself… but let’s go back to the beginning: the person who did something wrong was not you and yes that person who betrayed you so, why are you paying for it?

After the betrayal, the first thing you should do is recognize that you are not to blame for it. Any betrayal has no justification, no matter how flawed you are and how much they may have contributed, they are not an excuse.

The second thing you should do is change the phase of life you’re living. That’s right, that tragedy brought you to another phase. In that new phase, don’t pretend like nothing happened to you, that’s called self-denial. You were already betrayed once, don’t try to betray yourself too. This means that you need to make a few adjustments in your routine, watch yourself more, and see how you can take advantage of that situation.

"I believe in this biblical promise: And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28

In some way, this will benefit you and that’s why you need to see the good from that situation…

  • Be more cautious in your relationships
  • Invest in yourself to become a stronger woman
  • Learn from that situation
  • Forgive but set conditions for that relationship to move forward
  • Invest in the intelligent love

Participate in the Therapy of Love with us every Thursday, you can only win! In our talks you learn not only to rebuild your relationship but also rebuild yourself, overcoming your traumas, fears, jealousy, low self-esteem, and complexes.

 

We no longer live in a culture that promotes idols to be called gods. But that does not mean that there are no gods out there, in fact, that’s what we have the most today!

Today’s gods are disguised, no one even realizes that this is the same as the Egyptians in that time…

  • The “god” money is a major one. People kill and die for it. Marriages are destroyed by the lack or abundance of it. Young people sell their virginity for it. People forget about one another because of it.
  • The “god” career which is the helper of the “god” money, work together. How many women fail to invest in their love life because of their career? How many mothers and wives don’t fulfill their roles because of a career? Many times they believe more in their careers than in people…
  • The “god” status is another, including what is said in social networks. People today need to have a status to show their world of “friends” what they have or how “happy” they are. What society thinks about her is very important and she does everything to show how prestigious her status is, even if that means lying or deceiving.
  • The “god” husband, boyfriend, son or grandson is one of the most common. There are mothers who kill themselves when their child dies. There are wives who fall into depression and stop living when their husband abandons them. There are women who stop reasoning because of a man. There are young women who leave their faith because of a boyfriend…
  • The “god” body. This god is relatively new, a few years back when plastic surgery developed and women spared no effort to have and maintain a perfect body. They spend a lot of time and money on treatments, surgery, therapies, massages, the gym and even then, they never achieve the perfection they are looking for.

Notice that all of these “gods” have the power to enslave. The “gods” money and career often make you become sick from working so much. The “god” status makes you lie and deceive all the time. The “god” people in your life makes you feel hostage of them. The “god” body stops you from eating well, spend all your money and never feel accomplished (and often look like a plastic doll).

The only God that does not enslave us, is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. The rest, forget it, you will live serving them and at the end of your days, you will wonder what was of your life.

 

Day 1: Become very, very busy and stop reading the Bible.

Day 2: Dwell on the past and think how your life could have been if you had done things differently.

Day 3: Become even more busy and stop going to church.

Day 4: Keep count of how many times you’re treated unfairly and how much you deserve to be treated better.

Day 5: Think of the pleasure you’d feel getting revenge on that friend who hurt you.

Day 6: Start feeling sorry for yourself and blame others for your failures.

Day 7: Stop praying to God, “after all, He doesn’t seem to be listening to me anymore.”

Day 8: In fact, it doesn’t even take 10 days to destroy something that consumed so much time and effort to build: your faith.

Our daily choices can bring us closer or distance us from God.

By: Marelis Brum

 

Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares. She cries out in the chief concourses, At the openings of the gates in the city
She speaks her words:
“How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, And fools hate knowledge.
Turn at my rebuke; Surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.
Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded, Because you disdained all my counsel, And would have none of my rebuke, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes, When your terror comes like a storm, And your destruction comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you.
“Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the Lord, They would have none of my counsel And despised my every rebuke.
Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, And be filled to the full with their own fancies. For the turning away of the simple will slay them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them; But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, And will be secure, without fear of evil.”
Proverbs 1:20-33

This is one of my favorite Bible passages. It can’t get any more clear than that… read one more time, but now pay close attention.

Wisdom is calling everyone, it doesn’t show partiality with people, on the contrary, she’s crying out in public places, even in the “busy corners”!

How many times do people complain that they never had a chance, that their parents were absent, that they never had the financial conditions, that they didn’t learn this or that… I was one of them. I remember complaining about not having had a friend who would give me advice regarding marriage and therefore I suffered what I did in mine. Interestingly, I never asked any of them at the time to help me… I wanted them to guess what I needed. And isn’t that what many children do? They complain about their parents but never had the decency to tell them what they needed them.

In the absence of wisdom, as (please excuse the expression but I will be rude to wake you up) naive women, who speak without making any sense.

Contrary to what most people think, wisdom is not acquired is schools, courses, collages, careers, books, friendships, websites, news, etc. In these places and through these means, you may even get some more intelligence, but intelligence without wisdom is like a pool without water. If you have a pool and tell others about it, but if you can’t use it because it has no water, you use it to make barbecue so that it doesn’t go to waste… the same happens with intelligence, that as much as it is important and necessary, without wisdom, it is not used properly.

What is the point in being so smart and failing to maintain a relationship? What is the point in being so smart and you can’t support yourself?

How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity?

In faith.

 

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